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A Magic Hall of Fame for the Society of American Magicians was proposed in 1963 during the National President term of Edward Schneider. He officially called for a place where collections, records and documents could be maintained and exhibited.
In 1966 National President John Zweers had added the Hall of Fame as a permanent standing committee to the S.A.M. Constitution. Now established, a search began for its permanent home.
On October 25, 1971, the SAM opened their Hall of Fame and Magic Museum in Hollywood, California.
In December 2004, a transformer fire sent toxic fumes into the Washington Mutual Bank Building that housed the Hall of Fame Museum. Local Government officials ordered the building closed until the toxic contaminants could be remediated following EPA procedures. The museum remained sealed and the contents inaccessible for years. Access to artifacts became available in 2010 and the search for a new home for the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame was underway.
On September 17, 2012, The Whittier Museum, operated by the Whittier Historical Society, provided an entire second floor in their historic downtown building for the Hall of Fame & Magic Museum. Although the Hall and Museum is still looking for a permanent home in the greater Los Angeles area, the exhibits will be on display at the Whittier Museum in downtown Whittier, California until 2013.
Magicians elected to the SAM Hall of Fame include:
- Dedi of Ancient Egypt fi. 2500 B.C.
- Xenephon of Ancient Athens fl. 300 B.C.
- Heron of Alexandria fl. 150 B.C.
- John Rikil, fl. reign Henry V (1413-1422)
- Brandon, fl. 1521-1535
- Reginald Scot 1538-1599
- Girolamo Scotto 1552-1602
- Isaac Fawkes c1675-1731
- Christopher Pinchbeck, Sr. 1670?-1732
- Breslaw ca. 1726-1783
Those inducted in 2012 were: